Emma wants you to get the most out of your holidays all throughout the year and loves to help you come up with new holiday traditions.
If you are looking for one-stop shopping for gift cards this year, you may not have to look further than your local CVS.
All you need to do is look for the card rack—you will often find it close to the cash registers, usually on an aisle's end cap. If you don't see it when you first walk in the store, just poke around. My local CVS has it tucked in one of the back rows, where I'm sure it spends most of its time between holidays.
Just so you know what's available before you head out to shop, here's a rundown of what you can expect to find. Be aware that selection varies by region and availability.
You have tons of options for gift cards. When I went to CVS to make my list of what's available, I was actually surprised at how many different kinds they had. I'll group these lists into types, so you can get a broad overview:
- Department Stores
- Outdoors and Sporting Goods
- Gaming, Electronics, and Applications
- Gas and Travel
- Visa and American Express
Amazon (Electronics, Home, Toys, and non-specific)
Of course, you can buy ones for CVS too :)
Lord & Taylor
Saks Fifth Avenue
Options Card (includes Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athleta)
Babies "R" Us
Toys "R" Us
The Body Shop
Barnes and Noble
Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Crate and Barrel
Outdoors and Sporting Goods
Bass Pro Shops
Dick's Sporting Goods
For dining, all of your options are for chain restaurants. Some of these are national, but some may be regional. For example, I live in New England, and I'm pretty sure the Ninety Nine is a local chain not found outside this area.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Steak and Shake
Chuck E. Cheese's
Darden Restaurants: (includes Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, and Seasons 52)
Chili's Fresh Choices: (includes Chili's, Maggiano's, Macaroni Grill, and On the Border)
Gaming, Electronics, and Applications
If there's a gamer on your Christmas list, you have a variety of options here too. For example, you can get gift cards for both the Playstation Network and XBox Live. For XBox Live, you can either buy a Gold membership (three months) or XBOX Live Points (for DLC, etc.)
League of Legends
Facebook Game Card
Applebee's: Dinner and a Movie
Regal Cinemas: Dinner and a Movie
Fandango: Dinner and a Movie
Gas and Travel
If you are planning on giving the same type of gift card to several people, you could look into getting a pack. These are great for giving out at work, school, or church.
Some packs I saw:
- Subway (3-pack of $10 cards)
- Applebee's (3-pack of $15 cards)
- Chili's (3-pack of $10 cards)
- Starbucks (3-pack of $10 cards)
Visa and American Express
And finally, if you still can't find a specific gift card that your recipient would like, you can always opt to purchase either one from Visa or American Express. These can be used almost anywhere and are loadable for values between $25 and $500.
Just keep in mind that unlike cards for specific stores and restaurants, the American Express and Visa gift cards have activation fees. For AMEX, the fee was $5.95 to purchase. For Visa, check the racks carefully. For some reason, they had a range of activation prices between $3.95 and $5.95.
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Mike on September 05, 2019:
savingpoint122 on August 02, 2019:
Old Navy gift card is the best selection for everyone. So, I like Old Navy
Letitia Howard on July 19, 2019:
Do they have Bridle Wedding gift cards available?
Joyce France on July 18, 2019:
Do you sell Amazon gift cards?
beth on March 06, 2019:
are the Steam Cards just a gaming card?
diana on February 21, 2019:
do they sell steam gift cards
Kurtis on December 26, 2018:
Do they sell McDonald's gift cards
Toni on December 05, 2018:
Does cvs sell qvc gift cards?
Gene on November 17, 2018:
Is it a one time activation fee. Or do they charge you every time you purchase. If you add new denominations do they charge you a new activation fee
Jae Myrick on October 29, 2018:
Are there any travel gift cards like for airlines, at department stores or do I need to find them on line?
nina on September 11, 2018:
Does CVS sell Ulta gift cards ?
Kris on August 25, 2018:
Do you sell sweet tomatos gift card
LINDA PIZARRO on July 31, 2018:
Does CVS sell Ulta gift cards
MJ on July 17, 2018:
Does CVS sell Ulta gift cards
Wells on April 16, 2018:
Franny on February 15, 2018:
Do you guys have xbox live 3 months
Tami Dunn on January 25, 2018:
Where can I find an American Express gift card?
Jerry on December 21, 2017:
Do you have Home Depot cards
rachel on December 19, 2017:
do you have disney gift cards
Terry on December 18, 2017:
Can I get a iTunes card at cvs?
Barbara on November 27, 2017:
If you spend $75 you get $15 store credit. Are all cards in this deal? The cashier did not know the answer?
Sharron on August 03, 2017:
Do you have Victorias Secrets gift cards?
Cc on July 30, 2017:
What denomination nations are build a bear gift cards
Neela on July 18, 2017:
Do you all carry hypixel store gift cards
Madeline on April 13, 2017:
The Disney gift cards come in what denomination?
sharon on December 20, 2016:
do you have Justice gift cards
Trudy on December 19, 2016:
Dave & Buster gift card
Horse3924 on October 19, 2016:
Love it sooooooo much help
Sally on September 03, 2016:
Does CVS have gift cards for Target
Dana on September 02, 2016:
Who sells Sephora gift cards besides Sephora?
Dave on May 29, 2015:
Do they have amazon gift cards? It's the only thing I'm looking for right now
Joe on April 19, 2012:
If say I purchased an Old Navy giftcard at a CVS, would the credit card statement say I made a purchase from CVS or from Old Navy?
Maria on February 23, 2012:
do you know what store has sephora giftcards ?
Tony on September 24, 2011:
Thanks for publishing the lists of available cards at CVS. Big help.
hc on August 17, 2011:
no help if you lose them.BEWARE
Giftformen on February 11, 2011:
That's why I love gift cards. They're always available when you need them.
Emma (author) from Boston on December 28, 2010:
Jen, I would take them back to CVS with your receipt.
Smaridge01 from Florida on December 20, 2010:
Good info, I'll have to remember this next time I'm looking for a gift card in a pinch. Thanks.
jen_g on December 18, 2010:
Anyone have any trouble with these cards? I purchased an Applebee's 3 pack, got home a few hours later and decided to double check the balances before placing them in the Christmas cards for my son's teachers.
From what we could find at Applebee's website, only 1 of them had a valid balance. The other 2 showed as Inactive. I called the 800 number on the back of the cards, but because I purchased them at a 3rd party retailer they were not able to help and gave me another number to call, which unfortunately is not staffed on the weekends.
Any ideas what I should do next? We intended to give these cards out Monday.
Katie McMurray from Ohio on December 06, 2010:
Great idea and one I have not considered. I love this gift card idea of yours as I'm in and out of CVS all the time. They have some really cool stuff too!
brandrocker on November 23, 2010:
Gift cards give the recipients the options to choose the gift they would otherwise buy. So, nice idea.
Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on November 23, 2010:
CVS does have a terific selection of gift cards. Gift cards are pretty much the way to go this year. You can't beat the convenience.